ON MY FEET (PARTIAL) SYNOPSIS
THE MIRROR REFLECTS AND IMAGE, BUT THE SOUL HOLDS
we start to die from the moment that we are
Most individuals would say that Lars had it all. he was a picture of health, he had received accolades for having been admired as a better than average athlete, He was a Golden Gloves heavyweight boxing champion by the age of 17, both his high school and college football coaches felt that he possessed the ability to become a professional football player, he conducted himself respectfully and stayed away from trouble, he began working at the tender age of twelve (12), helped to financially support his family, as well as providing protection and ensuring a safe environment for his family.
He was lauded and respected by his instructors for
his academic participation in the classroom and was civic minded and
respectful. Melvin also thought that his life would be one of longevity.
He felt this way because of his “Clean” life style
and his lineage. He witnessed his Grandmother, Joanna, lived to be one-hundred,
six (106) years old, his dad’s mother and great-grandmother, Ocie, lived to be
one-hundred, eleven (111) years old, his mother’s grandmother.
He did not
and does not consume alcoholic beverages, smoke or dip any type of tobacco, inject
or consume steroids, snort, shoot, nor ingest any form of drugs, legal or
illegal. Nor did he use any “recreational or medical marijuana.”
Unfortunately, several of his uncles, his brother
and two of his aunts; seriously indulged in and some of them abused, both
“recreational/legal” and illegal drugs.
His disdain for “substances” grew even stronger as he observed them and their struggles with various substances; he vowed never to consume “recreational” or illegal substances of any kind.
Can you imagine; laughing, talking, and not having a care in the world at 11:30 Am., and within a two to three hour window; you progress from preparing for a Friday night football game to literally receiving news that you are in a fight for your life?
Cancer, six of the most dreaded combinations of the twenty-six letters of the alphabets that one can encounter.
Twenty eight years ago he was diagnosed with having; Acute Promyelocitic Leukemia, a rare and incurable blood cancer. He was given less than a five (5%) percent chance to survive this life threatening illness.
Having been an individual that was very staunch
about remaining Drug and Alcohol free, having received a medical diagnosis of
this magnitude, clearly, caught him off guard, causing him severe anxiety and
Both; devastation and consternation accompanied this
discovery. He never defiled his body with, legal nor illegal drugs of any kind;
no cigarettes, no steroids, no alcohol, no tobacco, no “powders” from the health
food store or any other store.
“Dying On My Feet My Journey Times Two,” will inspire, excite, and captivate you, strengthening your quest for success.
It will awaken your intrinsic greatness and empower
you with the will to persevere as it walks you through a path of rocky
challenges, whose sharp edges may appear to be un navigable pot holes of doom,
only to have you realize the brightness of your future as you rein victorious
as you grow and become and remain the conqueror that you are!
Piazza: English instructor, Counselor, Evangel Academy
Melvin, I really enjoyed your book, although I must
admit, it was really hard to read. I’ve always had a lot of respect for you; I
have even more respect for you know. It had to have been difficult to deal with
all of the things that you guys had to endure. I can’t imagine having had to go
through that. It brought memories of my dad, he used to own a grocery store too
and he made sure that the vegetables were fresh and that people were fed even
though some of them could not pay. What a great book, everyone should read it.
I loved it. Some parts were difficult to read
because they were such painful times. Makes me admire you even more. The part
about the grocery store owner was awful but made me proud of my dad. He had
ticket books for families and always let them charge their groceries. Thanks
again for sharing your remarkable story! Pat Piazza; Academic counselor, Evangel Academy, Shreveport, La.
Employee, Goodwill Industries of Shreveport, La.
I just want to thank you for sharing this amazing
book with me and millions of others. Just when I felt like giving up and
throwing in the towel, I read your book and it gave me the strength to keep
Your love and faith for God is so strong, until I
felt it myself as I read your book.
Through it all you kept the faith and you held on to God’s unchanging hand and I just want to thank you…, keep doing what you are doing and be blessed!
Milton L. McGrew; Pastor, Friendship Baptist Church, Benton, La:
Man…, I love your book; I never knew all of that
about you and how you've persevered throughout your life. I can hardly put it
down; I’m almost through reading it. I’m gone give it to my daughter to read
after I finish, she really needs to read it. Man that book is good; I am really
Chief, this is a powerful book man; we have a genius
right here among us. The way you express things and make it so clear is
amazing. I usually don’t read much, but man…; I have a hard time putting your
book down. This book should do very well, If a guy like me that don’t read much
is smitten, I know people that read a lot will enjoy it.
Minister Melvin Lars’